On Now
Coming Up
  • Thu., May. 08, 2014 5:00PM CDT Texans Draft Party pres. by Coors Light Texans fans who are in need of a football fix are invited to come out to the 2014 Houston Texans Draft Party presented by Coors Light on Thursday, May 8 at Reliant Stadium.  The Draft Party begins at 5 p.m. CDT and the 2014 NFL Draft begins at 7 p.m.

Texans have made 14 draft-day trades

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 24, 2012 – 8:57 pm

Courtesy of the Texans’ award-winning communications department, which is sending out one “Draft Note” a day this week leading up to the start of the 2012 NFL Draft on April 26:

WHEELING AND DEALING

The Texans have executed 14 draft-day trades, including two in the 2011 NFL Draft. Below is a look at those trades and who was selected with those acquired picks.

2002: Traded fourth-round pick in 2002 to Atlanta in exchange for 2003 third-round pick (88th overall-Dave Ragone).

2003: Traded second-round pick (36th overall) and fourth-round pick (117th overall) to New England for second-round pick (41st overall-Bennie Joppru) and third-round pick (75th overall-Seth Wand).

2003: Traded third-round pick (83rd overall) and seventh-round pick (262nd overall) to Oakland in exchange for 2004 second-round pick (supplemental draft pick-Tony Hollings).

2003: Traded fifth-round pick (138th overall) to Indianapolis for 2004 fourth-round pick (122nd overall-Glenn Earl).

2004: Traded second round pick (40th overall), third-round pick (71st overall), fourth-round pick (103rd overall) to Tennessee in exchange for first-round pick (27th overall-Jason Babin); also exchanged fifth-round picks (138th to 159th overall) with Tennessee.

2004: Traded fifth-round pick (159th overall) to Jacksonville in exchange for sixth-round pick (175th overall-Jammal Lord) and seventh-round pick (210th overall-Raheem Orr).

2005: Traded first-round pick (13th overall) to New Orleans in exchange for first round pick (16th overall-Travis Johnson) in 2005 draft and third-round selection in 2006 draft (66th overall-Eric Winston).

2007: Traded fourth-round draft pick (107th overall) to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for the Saints 2007 fourth-round pick (123rd overall-Fred Bennett) and a 2007 fifth-round pick (163rd overall-Brandon Frye).

2008: Traded first-round pick (No. 18 overall) to the Baltimore Ravens for first-round pick (No. 26 overall-Duane Brown) a third-round pick (89th overall-Steve Slaton) and a sixth-round pick (173rd overall- Dominique Barber).

2010: Traded second-round pick (51st overall) to the Minnesota Vikings in exchange for Minnesota’s second- and third-round picks (62nd and 93rd, respectively). Traded the 62nd  overall pick and a fifth-round pick (150th overall) to New England 58th overall pick in Round 2 (RB Ben Tate). Traded the 93rd pick, to Kansas City in exchange for fourth-round pick (102nd overall – LB Darryl Sharpton) and a fifth-rounder (144th overall – CB Sherrick McManis) from the Chiefs.

2011: Traded a third- (73rd overall) and fifth-round (138th overall) pick with New England for a second-round (60th overall) pick. Houston selected Miami CB Brandon Harris with its new pick.

2011: Acquired a fourth-round pick (127th overall) and two fifth-round picks (144th and 152nd) from the Washington Redskins in exchange for the Texans’ original fourth-round pick (105th overall) and sixth-round pick (178th). With their picks, Houston selected Virginia Tech CB Roc Carmichael (127th overall), Idaho S Shiloh Keo (144th) and North Carolina QB T.J. Yates (152nd) with those acquired picks.


Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Nick Scurfield | 2 Comments »

Texans draft history: Fifth-round picks

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 22, 2012 – 3:30 pm

We’re taking a round-by-round look at the players who have been drafted by the Texans since their inaugural season in 2002. In particular focus are the picks made since 2007, Rick Smith’s first draft as Texans general manager.

Bold denotes made Texans’ active roster that season
*Denotes finished 2011 season on an NFL roster
#Denotes Pro Bowlers

Texans fifth-round draft picks

2011: T.J. Yates, QB, North Carolina (152 overall)*
2011: Shiloh Keo, S, Idaho (144)*
2010: Sherrick McManis, CB, Northwestern (144)*
2009: James Casey, TE, Rice (152)
*
2008: Frank Okam, DT, Texas (151)*
2007: Brandon Frye, T, Virginia Tech (163)
2007: Brandon Harrison, S, Stanford (144)
———————————————————————————
2005: Drew Hodgdon, C, Arizona State (151)
2002: Ramon Walker, FS, Pittsburgh (153)
2002: Jarrod Baxter, New Mexico (136)

All seven fifth-round picks under Rick Smith have made the active roster (Harrison played in 15 games in 2008 after spending 2007 on injured reserve). Casey (11), Harrison (6) and Yates (5) have all started games for Houston. Every fifth-round pick in team history has made the active roster, although the Texans only had fifth-rounders in two of their first five drafts because of trades.

Casey, Yates, McManis and Keo are still on the Texans’ roster. Casey could be the starting fullback or second tight end in 2012. Yates was elevated to the No. 2 quarterback spot after helping the Texans reach the Divisional Round of the playoffs last season. McManis played in nine games and Keo played in 10 as reserves/special teamers in 2011. Okam has started six games over the last two seasons for Tampa Bay.


Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Nick Scurfield | No Comments »

Vance Joseph talks Kareem Jackson, young CBs

Posted by Nick Scurfield on April 4, 2012 – 9:31 am

This time last year, Texans defensive backs coach Vance Joseph had no idea what he had in a secondary full of young players. With no OTAs and no mini-camp because of the lockout, he had no offseason in which to work with the players who comprised the league’s 32nd-ranked pass defense in 2010.

Bolstered by the signings of Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning and a greatly-improved pass rush in Wade Phillips’ new 3-4, that pass defense ranked third in 2011. On SportsRadio 610’s “Texans All Access” on Tuesday afternoon, Vance Joseph answered some of the key questions about the secondary going forward:

On No. 2 CB Kareem Jackson’s 2011 season: “God, he made wonderful strides. I mean, his first year, as a rookie coming into the league, most guys play too soon at corner anyway. You draft ’em first round and you expect ‘em to play instantly, and most guys, they develop bad scars. But from his first to second year, he changed his body, first of all. His first year, he played about 195, almost 200 pounds. Came back this year at 185. So that helped his long speed to at least be up to par where he can stay with NFL receivers. Then, his technique every week got better and better. He’s always been a tough, smart football player, but he was lacking the long speed and lacking the technique stuff, and that got better. Now, he’s in the spots to make the plays. He’s got to make the plays now. So from his first year to his second year, we’ve got him in A-plus position, we call it. Now, he has to make those plays more consistently.”

On what he told Jackson after his much-maligned 2010 rookie season: “I told him, ‘Just trust me, first of all. I’m going to help your technique, I’m going to help your body change.’ And pass defense, just like run defense, it’s a team thing. So as the pass rush got better, he got better. Because for 15-20 yards, he was a lockdown corner this year. His issues came when the fade ball came with large receivers. He didn’t finish the plays. But if you watch this kid on cut-ups in the offseason right now, for 15 yards, man, he was a lockdown guy. Comebacks, out routes, curl routes, he’s all over the receiver. OK, now he has to get better at finishing deep balls. But he’s so resilient, guys. He’s a tough kid. He’s gone through so much, but you wouldn’t know it being with the kid. He’s not bitter at all. He worked hard every day. He has no ill will towards anyone. He’s positive. He’s confident again. So it was a fun thing to watch him grow as a pro.”

On CB Brice McCain: “This kid, last year, he was probably one of the best nickels in the league last year from a man-to-man perspective. We watched the cut-ups here last week, and out of all the third downs, he may have only lost probably two or three man to man coverage reps the entire season. He’s got great quickness and great cover ability.”

On 2011 rookie CBs Brandon Harris [a second-round pick who played sparingly] and Roc Carmichael [a fourth-round pick who was injured in training camp]: “Brandon Harris is going to be in the same boat as Kareem. He’s got to change his body. He was probably almost 200 pounds all season this year. He’s got to get down about 185 again, so he can have consistent long speed. But Brandon Harris is a bright, bright football player. He’s got a high football IQ. He’s got ball skills. He’s got great quickness. When he played last year in the slot versus Oakland when Brice got hurt, he did a hell of a job. So, I’m expecting great strides from him. Now Roc Carmichael, he’s a kid that got hurt in camp, but when he did practice with us, he showed great explosion. He’s a tough kid. He’s got ball skills. So, those two kids should make great strides to help us.  We lost Jason Allen in free agency, so those two kids should step up and help us and win some games this year.”

On CB Sherrick McManis: “Sherrick is a good young player. He’s a tough guy. He’s got great speed. He was probably one of our best special teams players last year for Joe [Marciano], but he has to get better technique and has to become a better cover guy if he’s gonna play for us, because our defense is really based on guys playing man-to-man coverage. Even if it’s quarters coverage, that’s your guy when he runs vertical. But he’s got a bright future because he can run and he’s tough, so I’m excited about him.”


Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Nick Scurfield | 6 Comments »

Wade Phillips affirms Kareem Jackson as Texans’ No. 2 CB

Posted by Nick Scurfield on March 21, 2012 – 4:36 pm

As a guest on the new “Texans All Access” show on SportsRadio 610 on Tuesday afternoon, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips was asked about the Texans’ No. 2 cornerback situation heading into next season.

The question from “All Access” co-host/former Texans defensive end N.D. Kalu went like this: With Brice McCain, Sherrick McManis and 2011 second-round pick Brandon Harris all on the roster, does Phillips plan for an open competition opposite Pro Bowl corner Johnathan Joseph, or does he feel like Kareem Jackson is the starter?

“I think Kareem’s the starter,” Phillips said. “He started most of the games [last season]. Jason Allen played a lot for us. Of course, Jason went to Cincinnati. So, Kareem had a good year. Part of it was we had a good year defensively, but he had something to do with that. He played physical like we thought he would and he obviously played better than he did previously, and that was a big plus for us.”

Jackson started 13 games in 2011 in his second season out of Alabama. Allen, who signed with the Bengals this weekend as an unrestricted free agent, rotated with Jackson and started four games.

A first-round draft pick in 2010, Jackson gets more criticism from fans than any Texans player this side of Jacoby Jones. Much of it stems from his rookie season, when he was victimized on numerous big plays as a 16-game starter for the Texans’ 32nd-ranked passing defense.

“I mean, you could be on him, but we were, what – second in the league in pass defense or third?” Phillips said [the Texans ranked third with 189.7 yards allowed per game]. “He’s part of a secondary that all works together, and he did his part. He didn’t let us down. I thought I think certainly everybody can improve, including Johnathan Joseph and Danieal Manning and those guys and myself. We can all improve some, but I thought he improved a lot last year. He made a big step forward and he became a starter and played good enough to play with a team that did well pass defense-wise, and that was really the big difference in our team last year, defensively, certainly, after giving up so many yards the year before.”


Tags: , , , , , ,
Posted in Nick Scurfield | 11 Comments »

Texans-Titans inactives, lineups changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on January 1, 2012 – 10:40 am

Here are the inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 17 game against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium. Kickoff is at noon CT.

Texans inactives
7 QB Jeff Garcia
22 CB Sherrick McManis
23 RB Arian Foster
24 CB Johnathan Joseph
33 FS Troy Nolan
65 G Mike Brisiel
81 TE Owen Daniels

Texans starting lineup changes
Ben Tate will start at running back for Arian Foster. Joel Dreessen will start at tight end for Owen Daniels. Antoine Caldwell still start at right guard for Mike Brisiel. Jason Allen will start at cornerback for Johnathan Joseph.

Titans inactives
11 QB Rusty Smith
44 FB Quinn Johnson
51 LB Gerald McRath
60 C Kevin Matthews
68 T Byron Stingily
91 DL Jason Jones
93 DT Shaun Smith

Titans starting lineup changes
Dave Ball will start at defensive end for Jason Jones.


Tags: , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Nick Scurfield | 1 Comment »

Texans-Titans Friday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 30, 2011 – 3:15 pm

Here’s the Friday (final) injury report for the Texans and Tennessee Titans, who play at Reliant Stadium on Sunday at noon CT in Week 17:

HOUSTON TEXANS

*Glover Quin missed Wednesday’s practice with a family-related matter
**Johnathan Joseph missed Thursday’s practice attending to a personal matter

Out
G Mike Brisiel (Ankle/DNP), CB Sherrick McManis (Ankle/dnp), S Troy Nolan (Ankle/dnp)

Probable
CB Jason Allen (Thumb/Full), NT Shaun Cody (Knee/Full), TE Owen Daniels (Knee/Limited), TE Joel Dreessen (Knee/Limited), WR Andre Johnson (Hamstring/Limited), WR Bryant Johnson (Thigh/Limited), WR Jeff Maehl (Hamstring/Limited), NT Earl Mitchell (Knee/Full), C Chris Myers (Knee/Full),  T Eric Winston (Calf/Full), QB T.J. Yates (R. Shoulder/Full)

Non-Injured Players
CB Johnathan Joseph (Full)**, S Glover Quin (Full)*

TENNESSEE TITANS

Doubtful
DE Jason Jones (Ankle/DNP)

Questionable
TE Daniel Graham (Illness/Full), WR Lavelle Hawkins (Ankle/Full), RB Chris Johnson (Ankle/Full), LB Gerald McRath (Knee/Ankle/Full), DT Shaun Smith (Knee/Full)


Tags: , , , ,
Posted in Nick Scurfield | 3 Comments »

Texans-Titans Thursday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 29, 2011 – 5:44 pm

Here’s the Thursday injury report for the Texans and Tennessee Titans, who play at Reliant Stadium on Sunday at noon CT in Week 17:

HOUSTON TEXANS

*Glover Quin missed Wednesday’s practice with a family-related matter
**Johnathan Joseph missed Thursday’s practice attending to a personal matter

Did Not Participate in Practice
G Mike Brisiel (Ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (Non-Injury)**, CB Sherrick McManis (Ankle), S Troy Nolan (Ankle)

Limited Participation in Practice
TE Owen Daniels (Knee), TE Joel Dreessen (Knee), WR Andre Johnson (Hamstring), WR Bryant Johnson (Thigh), WR Jeff Maehl (Hamstring)

Full Participation in Practice
CB Jason Allen (Thumb), NT Shaun Cody (Knee), NT Earl Mitchell (Knee), C Chris Myers (Knee),  S Glover Quin (Non-Injury)*, T Eric Winston (Calf), QB T.J. Yates (R. Shoulder)

TENNESSEE TITANS

Did Not Participate in Practice
TE Daniel Graham (Illness), WR Lavelle Hawkins (Ankle), RB Chris Johnson (Ankle), DE Jason Jones (Ankle)

Limited Participation in Practice
DT Shaun Smith (Knee)

Full Participation in Practice
LB Gerald McRath (Knee/Ankle)


Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Nick Scurfield | No Comments »

Texans-Titans Wednesday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 28, 2011 – 6:43 pm

Here’s the Wednesday injury report for the Texans and Tennessee Titans, who play at Reliant Stadium on Sunday at noon CT in Week 17:

HOUSTON TEXANS

*Glover Quin missed Wednesday’s practice with a family-related matter

Did Not Participate in Practice
G Mike Brisiel (Ankle), CB Sherrick McManis (Ankle), S Troy Nolan (Ankle), S *Glover Quin (Non-Injury)

Limited Participation in Practice
NT Shaun Cody (Knee), TE Owen Daniels (Knee), TE Joel Dreessen (Knee), WR Andre Johnson (Hamstring), WR Bryant Johnson (Thigh), WR Jeff Maehl (Hamstring)

Full Participation in Practice
CB Jason Allen (Thumb), NT Earl Mitchell (Knee), C Chris Myers (Knee), T Eric Winston (Calf), QB T.J. Yates (R. Shoulder)

TENNESSEE TITANS

Did Not Participate in Practice
TE Daniel Graham (Illness), WR Lavelle Hawkins (Ankle), RB Chris Johnson (Ankle), DE Jason Jones (Ankle), DE Derrick Morgan (Non-Injury), DT Shaun Smith (Knee)

Full Participation in Practice
LB Gerald McRath (Knee/Ankle)


Tags: , , , , ,
Posted in Nick Scurfield | No Comments »

Texans-Colts inactives, lineup changes

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 22, 2011 – 6:05 pm

Here are the inactives and lineup changes for the Texans’ Week 16 game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:20 p.m. CT.

Texans inactives
7 QB Jeff Garcia
22 CB Sherrick McManis
33 FS Troy Nolan
65 G Mike Brisiel
66 T Andrew Gardner
80 WR Andre Johnson
88 TE Garrett Graham

Texans starting lineup changes
Jacoby Jones will start at wide receiver for Andre Johnson. Antoine Caldwell still start at right guard for Mike Brisiel.

Colts inactives
18 QB Peyton Manning
20 DB Mike Holmes
44 TE Dallas Clark
50 LB Philip Wheeler
56 LB Scott Lutrus
69 OT Quinn Ojinnaka
97 DE Mario Addison

Colts starting lineup changes
Dan Orlovsky will start at quarterback for Peyton Manning. Jacob Tamme will start at tight end for Dallas Clark. Tyler Brayton will start at defensive tackle for Antonio Johnson. Ernie Sims will start at strongside linebacker for Philip Wheeler.


Tags: , , , , , , , , ,
Posted in Nick Scurfield | No Comments »

Texans-Colts Wednesday injury report

Posted by Nick Scurfield on December 21, 2011 – 5:20 pm

Here’s the Wednesday (final) injury report for the Texans and Indianapolis Colts, who play on Thursday Night Football at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis:

HOUSTON TEXANS

Out
G Mike Brisiel (Ankle/DNP), WR Andre Johnson (Hamstring/DNP), CB Sherrick McManis (Ankle/DNP), FS Troy Nolan (Ankle/DNP)

Questionable
NT Shaun Cody (Knee/Limited), TE Owen Daniels (Knee/Limited)

Probable
LB Mister Alexander (Shoulder/Full), CB Jason Allen (Thumb/Full), DE Tim Bulman (Calf/Full), G Antoine Caldwell (Ankle/Full), FB James Casey (Foot/Full), TE Joel Dreessen (Knee/Wrist/Limited), CB Brandon Harris (Hip/Full), DE Tim Jamison (Knee/Full), WR Jacoby Jones (Foot/Limited), CB Johnathan Joseph (Hamstring/Limited), WR Jeff Maehl (Hamstring/Full), NT Earl Mitchell (Knee/Full), C Chris Myers (Knee/Full), LB Jesse Nading (Knee/Full), SS Glover Quin (Ankle/Full), K Neil Rackers (R. Calf/Full), DE Antonio Smith (Ankle/Limited), RB Ben Tate (Hamstring/Limited), WR Kevin Walter (Quad/Full), QB T.J. Yates (R. Shoulder/Limited)

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Out
QB Peyton Manning (Neck/DNP)

Doubtful
TE Dallas Clark (Neck/DNP)

Questionable
DE Jamaal Anderson (Groin/Full), S Antione Bethea (Knee/Full), RB Delone Carter (Forearm/Full), LB A.J. Edds (Ankle/Full), DE Robert Mathis (Knee/DNP), LB Phillip Wheeler (Foot/DNP)

Non-Injuries (no game status needs to be listed)
DE Dwight Freeney (Rest/DNP), DT Fili Moala (Personal/Full), C Jeff Saturday (Rest/Full)


Tags: , , , , , , ,
Posted in Nick Scurfield | 2 Comments »